As I was going through my computer and deleting photos, I came across photos of OPI Not Like the Movies taken with my old camera in the summer.
Since I still strongly remember wearing this manicure, I feel comfortable providing you with an in-depth review of the polish.
This blog post is going to be slightly different than my typical swatch-and-review posts, though.
All the photos I show have the Konadicure I did on top of it because I didn’t wear the colour solo, and I have no photos of it solo. Despite this set-back, I think that you’ll still be able to see the multichrome nature of the polish.
OPI Not Like the Movies Pictures
OPI Not Like the Movies Ingredients
OPI Not Like the Movies Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 3 coats of OPI Not Like the Movies
- Zebra pattern from the Konad Image Plate m57
- Konad Special Nail Polish in Black
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Name: OPI Not Like the Movies
- Collection: OPI Katy Perry Collection (2011)
- Colors in OPI Katy Perry Collection: Black Shatter, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, The One That Got Away & Not Like the Movies
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $9.95 CAD
- Where to Buy: Drugstore.com, eBay & beauty-supply stores that still carry old collections
OPI Not Like the Movies Review
A silver polish has to do a lot to get my attention. It has to play the kazoo with its left nostril, balance a teacup on its chin, all while naming every prime minister Canada has ever had. A green polish, however, can sashay by, wink at me, and then I’m sold. Well, almost.
OPI Not Like the Movies is a predominantly silver polish, so I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it…and I didn’t. It’s not a bad colour, but it’s just the kind that I feel doesn’t do anything for my skintone.
What I do appreciate is that it’s not just a silver. You can see anaemic purple and a faint green, depending on the angle of your nails and the way the light hits it.
Not Like the Movies is a multichrome polish with micro glitter. Sounds like there’s a lot going on, right? Surprisingly, there’s an elegance about this polish that I can appreciate, although the green and purple aren’t strong enough for me. (This is why I ended up doing a Konadicure on top immediately to make it more wearable.)
If you like subtle colours, this could very well be the perfect polish for you because, while it has 3 colours going on, it isn’t obnoxious like the frat boy who starts off his greeting with a loud “What’s crack-a-lack-a-ling?” followed by “Get me a beer, woman.”
(Just typing that bothered me. Ugh!)
The finish of Not Like the Movies is like a watered down multichrome compared to what I prefer. I do think it’s pretty in the bottle, but its beauty doesn’t seem to translate well on my nails. Perhaps my skintone isn’t right for it, and those with cooler skintones will find it more flattering.
Application & Formula
The colour isn’t the only thing that I found watered down.
I don’t know if it was just my bottle or not, but the formula was really watery. In fact, it was so watery that I thought perhaps it wasn’t mixed properly, so I shook the bottle up. (After I did that, the bottle said it felt dizzy and then went to lie down. I felt guilty because I ordered it to get to work.)
For those of you who don’t know, I tend to use medium coats. (For exceptional polishes, I do thin coats, but the vast majority of the time, I use medium coats.)
Even with that extra polish on my brush, I found Not Like the Movies to be Not Like Many of Mary’s Other Polishes.
It was super sheer with the first coat…so sheer that I was already wondering if it would take me 3858936 coats before it would become opaque. Thankfully, it only took 3 coats for me to achieve opacity. (I do wonder, however, how it would look layered over a silver polish or even a dark colour. Maybe that would help.)
In terms of application, it applied quite easily, but my bottle was on the watery side. It wasn’t difficult to control the polish with the brush, though.
At 3 coats, I wasn’t feeling this polish at all. The colour was a big let-down for me because usually when you say ‘multichrome’, I jump up like a dog excited about playing Fetch. This time, I just stayed in my bed, gnawing on the bone my master gave me after last night’s dinner.
When something isn’t to your liking, do something about it!
I did something. I stamped over it, and then I loved how it looked.
It’s really too bad that Konadicures can’t make everything in life better. Can you imagine? Try it!
- “I don’t like having to pay this speeding ticket!” – Put a Konadicure over it.
- “I don’t like paying taxes!” – Put a Konadicure over a politician.
- “I don’t like the obnoxious frat boy!” – Put a Konadicure over his forehead.
- “I don’t like this Konadicure!” – Put another Konadicure over it.
Edit: Wondering how you even do nail stamping? Come check out the Konad Tutorial I did a long time ago when I first tried my hand at it as a newbie!
2 Versions of OPI Not Like the Movies
There seem to be different versions of OPI Not Like the Movies floating around.
The original is the one I’ve shown in this post where you can see silver, green, and purple. And the other version (which I don’t own) looks like a pale, plain silver polish.
If you’re going to try tracking this down, I’d advise that you confirm you’re getting the original version because it’s far prettier than the latter.
Final Verdict: 6/10
With the zebra Konadicure over the top, I loooooved wearing this manicure! (My favourite from the OPI Katy Perry Collection is still Last Friday Night.)
How do you salvage manicures and make them more your style? Do you like wearing silver nail polish? Don’t you wish that Konadicures could make everything in life better?